The conference will be held at the University of Oslo (Blindern campus) It will be in our new informatics building: Ole-Johan Dahls hus (IFI2) Gaustadalleen 23 B (Google Maps) N-0373 OSLO GPS-location: N 59° 56.582', E 10° 43.060'
The university is well connected to public transport (our stop is Forskningsparken). This includes the tram lines 17 and 18 and the metro lines 3 (to Sognsvann), 4 (to Ringen) and 5 (to Storo). See also our Tips on traveling in Oslo.
Oslo City Hall reception: entrance via Fridtjof Nansens Plass GPS-location: 59.912952 10.734511
Oslo Fjord Banquet: location of the Lady Mack Akershusstranda GPS-location: 59.90778 10.73295
We recommend to book early and to compare prices on a few online booking websites (e.g., booking.com, expedia, hrs, hotels.com) as prices can heavily change. Sometimes, there are good deals available when booking short to the stay, but this is risky.
For the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel (Holbergsgt. 30), we have a special rate for FPL attendees which is 1295 NOK (~150 Euro) for a single room per night (booking link).
With tram lines 17 and 18 (goes every 5 minutes), it takes 10 minutes from the hotel (stop Holbergs plass) to the university (stop Forskningsparken). Note that this hotel has a "must see" bar: Summit 21.
Radisson Blu Hotel Travel Tips Sheet
For budget accommodation, we can suggest the following:
- Thon Hotel Munch (~700 NOK). Budget hotel in the city centre. Closest metro: Nationaltheatret
- Comfort Hotel Xpress (~680 NOK). Trendy budget hotel in the city centre. Closest metro: Stortinget
- Perminalen (~600 NOK). Budget hotel in the city centre. Closest metro: Stortinget
- Cochs pensjonat (~400-600 NOK) is a guest house next to the Royal palace, 15min to walk from the Music academy. Closest metro: Nationaltheatret
- Anker hostel is a youth hostel (as cheap as 220 NOK in an 8 bedded room) but also offers private twin rooms (600-620 NOK). Closest metro: Jernbanetorget / Oslo Central Station
- Haraldsheim (~250-500 NOK) is a youth hostel but also offers single/double rooms. It is located outside of the city centre, but with easy access to the metro at Sinsen.
- Budget accommodation information from the official tourist information website: www.visitoslo.com
- An alternative for groups staying a week is to rent an apartment http://www.airbnb.com
- Oslo Airport Gardermoen (OSL). The transfer with the express train takes only 20 minutes to Oslo central station (170 NOK). The service runs every 10 minutes during the day. Local trains take about 30 Minutes and cost 90 NOK. Note that only the local train ticket permits to continue a trip within the city. At Gardermoen, the ticket vending machines for the express train are located on the right hand side and the machines for local trains on the left hand side in the train station hall of the airport. Both machines accept credit cards. There are also several bus services available. A taxi is not recommended.
- Moss Airport, Rygge (RYG). The airport is mainly used by Ryanair. Shuttle buses to Oslo central station (busterminalen) take about one hour. A single/return trip is 160/290 NOK. There is a student discount available on return trips (240 NOK), so have your student ID with you. Booking ahead is not needed and tickets can be purchased on the coaches with your credit card.
- Sandefjord Airport Torp (TRF). Shuttle buses to Oslo central station (busterminalen) take about one hour 45 minutes. A single/return trip is 210/360 NOK. There is a student discount available on return trips (320 NOK), so have your student ID with you. Booking ahead is not needed and tickets can be purchased on the coaches with your credit card.
Oslo can be reached by train from Denmark via Sweden. There are several international bus connections with services to east Europe, Benelux and Germany. There are daily ferry services from/to Frederikshavn (Denmark) and Kiel (Germany).
If you need an invitation letter for your visa application you should contact the general ghair, Jim Torresen firstname.lastname@example.org .
The official travel and visitors guide to Oslo: www.visitoslo.com
Paying by credit cards is available in virtually all supermarkets and kiosk chains (7-Eleven, Narvesen). Many kiosks have an ATM and shops typically provide cash pay-out services. However, there are many places (like bars, canteens on the university campus) that accept only Norwegian cards or cash.
Public transport tickets (price list) are available at kiosks from 7-Eleven, Narvesen (credit cards accepted) or ticket vending machines (not easy to use!). Paper tickets need a time stamp. For the metro, you will find yellow stamping machines at the station entrances. On buses and trams there are stamping machines on board or the driver will stamp your ticket. Similarly, for the RFID tickets, wipe them in front of the reader before/when starting the trip. In doubt, ask for assistance. For most FPL attendees a week pass will be the best option, in particular if you intend to stay for a workshop.
The weather in autumn can be anything from sunshine to cold and rainy. So be prepared. In Norway, there is no bad weather, there might only be bad clothing.